To work out where you could plant more trees and shrubs, it's a good idea to create a “base plan" of your property. You can draw this base plan on a copy of your legal survey. It can be enlarged on any photocopier set to 200%.
Steve's Plan - with Chris Clayton's help
Phase 1 - by not mowing the hillside and creek area, a substantial wetland was created for ducks, birds and sleeping deer.
Phase 2 - let the wetland near the lake expand towards the dock. A diagonal path to the dock and new shrubs in the shore area will prevent erosion and keep geese off the lawn. The road side tree area will not be cut, enhancing privacy and saving gas. Pirate boat will set sail and the swings are moving to a neighbour with grandchildren.
Sketch a Plan
Walk around your place and draw onto this base plan the location of: